This story really has so many layers of fun to it. On Monday as the Dodgers visited the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark, LA utility man Matt Beaty cranked his first home run of the Cactus League season.
That was in his first at-bat off Cincy pitcher Sonny Gray. In his next at-bat, Beaty faced Trevor Bauer in one of the best sequences of the early spring season.
Bauer, a growing personality in MLB circles, motioned the signs to Beaty for each pitch.
Trevor Bauer was out here telling Matt Beaty what pitches he was throwing during the at bat. LEGEND. pic.twitter.com/u0ne1XPQT9
— Marc Luino (@GiraffeNeckMarc) March 2, 2020
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At first it was kind of tough to tell what was happening… but Reds teammate Derek Dietrich cleared things up for the audience.
— FOX Sports Cincinnati (@FOXSportsCincy) March 2, 2020
On the Fox Sports Cincinnati broadcast, Dietrich had this to say.
If you follow baseball this off-season, there’s a little thing going on with sign stealing. So, Trevor’s not too fond of it, so he figured he’s gonna try something new this season and he’s going to start telling the batters what’s coming and that way there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about what’s going on, just ‘here it comes, try to hit it.’
A subtle jab at the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal? From Bauer? Say it ain’t so!
So Trevor Bauer was telling Matt Beaty what pitch was coming every pitch during his at bat
He still got the out
Dietrich confirms it was a shot at Houston ?
I love you @BauerOutage
— Cincy Reds Talk (@CincyRedsTalk) March 2, 2020
Over the off-season, Bauer was very vocal in his displeasure with Astros players. Moreover, he revealed that he knew they’ve been cheating for years. While the Reds defeated the Dodgers 6-2, baseball got the W in a way.